Paul Asbell


In his 45 year professional career, Paul Asbell has played and recorded with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Paul Butterfield, Magic Sam, Earl Hooker, David Bromberg, Paul Siebel, Mary McCaslin, Sonny Stitt, Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, and many others.

His jazz-fusion group Kilimanjaro has released several award-winning recordings, and performed at jazz festivals worldwide, including Montreux, Montreal, Atlanta, and Roskilde, in Copenhagen. Their latest, "Homecoming", was picked by Jazziz magazine for their “Best of 2009” CD, along with tracks by Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Branford Marsalis, and other heavyweights.

Paul’s two solo acoustic CDs, “Steel-String Americana” and “Roots and Branches”, received numerous rave reviews for their fresh takes on blues and jazz standards, old-timey country tunes, and original pieces from the “american roots” tradition. Recent appearances include Healdsburg, Woodstock (NY) and Newport Guitar Festivals, MerleFest, Lunenburg Folk Festival, and many other venues. Acoustic Guitar Magazine recently did an article on him, featuring his composition “Chunky Monkey Gumbo”. Paul has taught guitar for over 40 years, including positions at Dartmouth, Skidmore, and other colleges. He presently teaches at Middlebury College and the University of Vermont.

"My Beneteau guitar never fails as a source of inspiration for me. There's a wonderful sonic quality to it, that I've long tried to capture in words... the best I can muster is that each note is wonderfully round, and "chewy". That, combined with the utmost ease of left-hand playability, makes for a guitar that I love to play fingerstyle jazz arrangements on.

Thanks again, Marc, for building this inspiring guitar! Many students have expressed admiration for my guitar... initially for its appearance, then for its sound, and finally, for it's uncanny ease of play. At least one of them has gone on to purchase his own Beneteau.